LLM500 Research Methodology and Theory

Updated: 15 February 2019
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 3 Online
Armidale Trimester 3 On Campus
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites candidature in JD or candidature in LLM or candidature in LLB Honours program and permission of Head of School
Co-requisites None
Restrictions LLM600
Notes None
Combined Units None
  • Trimester 1 - Coordinator : Eric Ghosh (eghosh@une.edu.au)
  • Trimester 3 - Coordinator : To be advised
Unit Description

This unit seeks to explore some of the methodologies and theories relevant to legal research at a postgraduate level. That research may be traditional legal as well as interdisciplinary research. Students will undertake a major research project and will also be required to critically examine the work of others.

Materials Textbook information will be displayed approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching period. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment Assessment information will be published prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. based on a highly developed understanding of the scholarship of law, demonstrate an advanced ability to intellectually engage in an in-depth discussion of complex issues applying a range of theories;
  2. use well-developed cognitive and creative skills to identify a research topic and question and undertake a review that analyses, consolidates and synthesises knowledge;
  3. use cognitive and creative skills to exercise reflective and critical thinking, and professional judgement, in demonstrating an understanding of how complex interdisciplinary knowledge and sociological methodologies may inform a discussion of the effectiveness of law in society;
  4. demonstrate creativity and initiative to an advanced ability to conceive, plan and implement a program of legal research; and apply a range of methods and technologies to critically analyse and evaluate information;
  5. demonstrate an ability to act autonomously to present a clear and coherent exposition of knowledge and ideas in a thesis that has been the subject of refinement and reflection, and which applies legal research and legal reasoning, together with evidence of novel or independent thought; and
  6. reflect on the social and ethical responsibilities associated with reporting on legal research, both related to textual analysis and empirical studies, and ensure that all findings are presented with integrity.